I notice there are a few RRB regulars like me siting out this Build-Off, I'm doing it because it is just too cold this time of year!
I'm curious, who else is sitting out and why?
There is such a thing as too cold when you have to work outside and you have illnesses which cause your joints and muscles to lock up!Too cold? No such thing as too cold, ha! Snow is predicted tonight and it occasionally gets to 50F. I am still waiting for warm weather to paint the CWC Girls bike I started in January. There is still patches of old snow in the woods but it is getting harder to find. It has been very windy for two months, which makes painting, shop work and riding a pain. Summer is very short and a bike project takes away from enjoying it. We are selling our house and moving to camp and it is semi off grid (no internet). For the above reasons I build simple quick bikes. I want to make a single speed gravel grinder but it will have to be very quick if I do it at all. I would like to race it in June, but have not started it yet. On the fence with this one.
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There is such a thing as too cold when you have to work outside and you have illnesses which cause your joints and muscles to lock up!
Don't get me wrong, I could do it, but it would write me off for the next 6 months to recover!
well i did build some hot rod tricycles but their not worthy of riding just did a basic flip of the frame and added some solid rear wheels on them i got something in the buildoff though
Problem is I am crotchety and not too nice. I could be worse.
Not sure I count as a regular (as I have only competed in one build so far) but:
1) I am in a very low-income bracket, and honestly can't afford to tinker the way i'd like. If I need parts it is easier to find cheap rusted frames at the local thrift store-custom anything is out of the question so I use what I have.
2) Transport-my lovely old 1993 Ford Festiva died this January of what the mechanic calls"total systemic cascading electronics failure"-in other words, ZZZZZZZAAAAAAPPPPPP!!!!!!! As much as i'd like to spend in excess of $3000.00 to restore a 325K+ car to "Ugly but Functional" status...I just can't. So i'm saving my pennies for a decent car and currently riding a 2013 Zenn-n R-50 scooter I picked up nearly new for $450.00. This severely impacts my ability to carry cargo-especially in NC which does not allow the use of trailers on scooters...once I build a bicycle trailer I will have a few options locally, but a Hatchback would be even better!
3) Time-I am currently employed in a sawmill in one of the dirtiest, hottest jobs I have ever had (in a career that includes metal bending, assembly line, powder and liquid paint etc).We are currently engaged in 45-50+ hour work weeks. The only good news is that problems One and Two may eventually go away if I keep getting enough of problem Three. This is also of course why I don't post as often...
Please keep up the Build-offs though, and on any schedule you prefer. I'll jump in when I can-and if you're between BO's when I get some parts and some time, i'll start building ANYWAY! [/QUOTE
I have a friend that has a bicycle with a basket and an old kids trailer. She lives in an area where there are a lot of retired people. They go away for the winter and she cleans out all their food and gives it to charity, with her bike. Everyone in town knows the weird lady that rides her bike with the trailer and her service dog in the basket. You can't miss her riding along. Every time a tree blows down in town they call her and she rides her bike and trailer over and cuts the trees up with hand saws and hand splits them and takes the firewood home. It takes awhile but she is persistent and keeps at it until all the trees are gone. I can't believe how much wood she has stockpiled. Any time there is a home or building to clean out she gets a call and pedals all of it away. She has a lot of contacts and donates a lot of it to charity. She is a bike nut and is always getting free bikes. Her current bike and trailer were found for free. She lives very frugally and takes her bath in the local lake, until it freezes. She says if you go in every day it isn't bad as you get use to the slow drop in temperature over the days. This would be too much for my system but then she is retired military. She is a wonderful person and gives away almost all of her retirement money as she doesn't need it with her lifestyle. Anyway, it seems like if you are into bikes for a few years they find you, you don't have to find them. I am currently in refusal mode as I have too many. About 2 weeks ago someone I know told me they had a bunch of bikes that were tossed out in the alley behind their house and I could have them. I said no. Then they told me that there was one at the bottom of the pile that I could not say no to and so I now have a 1959 Hawthorn twin tube. Be patient, let all your friends know you are into bikes and they will find you. They have always made a lot of bikes and there are still a lot around that show up pretty regularly. With luck you might even find an old kids trailer. Good luck getting a stock pile of free or cheap parts together for builds.